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Direct from Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is set to rock the Keith-Albee stage on January 26, 2014
When discussed, the seminal moments of rock ‘n’ roll’s history are likely to include Elvis Presley swinging his hips on “The Ed Sullivan Show” or the Beatles’ British Invasion in February of 1964. However, one such moment that is often overshadowed is the recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins for the first and only time. It was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” who brought these young stars together at the famed Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis, Tennessee. In fact, this assimilation of musical talent turned out to be one of the greatest recording sessions of all time.
Fans are encouraged to see this landmark recording session for themselves. Not only will this musical bring back memories of times past, but it will serve to show the great importance of this recording session. Combined with the many dramas that unfold on-stage, fans are sure to be entertained by Million Dollar Quartet. Furthermore, the performance of this BROADWAY MUCIAL comes days after Elvis Presley’s birthday, which was celebrated on January 8. Presley would have been 79 years old. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings this legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, humorous banter and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Ring of Fire,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “See Ya Later, Alligator “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.
Thanks to Phillips engineer, “Cowboy” Jack Clements, this recording session was captured on tape and serves as the inspiration for this musical. This one-time event didn’t grab national headlines initially, however. Amazingly, only a story and photograph were published in the Memphis newspaper the following day. To many fans’ surprise, these stars didn’t spend time together at all. In fact, they were rivals – competing for fans and record sales. This point makes this story that much more amazing and improbable – that for one night four of the greatest musicians would assemble and jam together.
Detailing this play even more is music historian and writer Collin Escott, who said in the Boston Globe: “The show catches these four guys at a point when their career trajectories are taking them in different directions…” Escott goes on to say later in the article, “It seemed like the Million Dollar Quartet session was a cultural flashpoint that we could use to say something meaningful about where those guys had been and where they were going and about rock ’n’ roll in its infancy.”
The success of this Broadway Musical has some history, however, as it is actually the longest-running musical production in Chicago’s history. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened in 2008 and continues to perform to packed houses at the Apollo Theatre. The West End production played at the Noël Coward Theatre in London in 2011, and a Las Vegas production began performances at Harrah’s Showroom in Las Vegas in February 2013.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET won a Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux). The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.
Tickets for Million Dollar Quartet are $65.06/56.50/51.15. Million Dollar Quartet is sponsored by Neighborgall Construction, Air Systems Inc., Chase, Three Gables Surgery Center, The West Virginia Lottery, Oldies 97.1, WTCR, The Herald-Dispatch, WSAZ, Marshall University, and the Marshall Artists Series. To ensure your ticket to this Tony Award Winning Musical be sure to contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Marshall University campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.